Maybe you’re running a crowdsourcing project because your boss thought it would be a good idea. Maybe your outreach person came to you with the idea. Maybe you heard about it at a conference and love the idea of engaging the public with your documents in the deep way transcription allows. I call these “push” transcription projects. Or… maybe you’re … [Read more...] about Push vs Pull Crowdsourcing
Recently on Twitter, FromThePage’s Ben Brumfield discussed the potential connection between scholarly editions and artificial intelligence/machine learning. What would happen if scholarly editions, a type of text historically human-dependent with commentary and annotations, were produced without human intervention? Can this be a positive use of technology, or is something … [Read more...] about Can a Scholarly Edition be Produced without a Human?
On April 29, 2021, Ben and Sara Brumfield sat down with Jim Ambuske, Ph.D., who leads the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library, to record an episode of Conversations at the Washington Library. In this podcast, Jim discusses how the Washington Library in Mount Vernon used FromThePage to create work-from-home transcription solutions for their team members. At the … [Read more...] about Conversations at the Washington Library Podcast: Transcribing From The Page with Sara and Ben Brumfield
Crowdsourcing can be an exciting way to improve metadata and to experiment with making metadata more comprehensive. We all describe materials differently and uniquely based on our own interests, perspectives, and life experiences. How do you take crowdsourced metadata and make it useful? In the book, Metadata: Shaping Knowledge from Antiquity to the Semantic Web, … [Read more...] about Can the Crowd Create Metadata?
Liz Coelho, Director of Special Projects at the Maryland State Archives, recently sent this to her transcribers: Many thanks to you for your help with our FromThePage marriage certificate projects in 2021. Your work has made it possible for the Archives to quickly assist many people with their requests for marriage certificates. On my first day back in the new year I got a … [Read more...] about Marriage certificate transcription helps COVID care (!)